Snow or sand? French property destinations face-off

When it comes to French property, there are two distinct types of destinations at either extreme of the market: snow and sand.

For buyers keen on soaking up sunshine by the sea, beach destinations are top of the bill, while for those who want to take to the slopes find themselves winging towards the white stuff.

Which is better for second home hunters or investors? settles the debate once and for all with a French hotspot face-off:

French Alps

The French Alps are arguably the most famous ski destination in the world, with visitor numbers and occupancy rates consistently strong. Main hotspots include Chamonix, Savoie and Chambery, with resorts such as The Three Valleys particularly popular among investors on

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Located at the far east of Brittany, the department of Finestere is a familiar place for British tourists and house hunters who travel to France by ferry. Because of its proximity to the popular travel route, the area has potential for holiday rentals as well as pleasant beach views.

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Despite its name, Centre is not the middle of France, but its location close to the Loire Valley gives visitors and residents amazing countryside views and a relaxed lifestyle.   Old cathedrals and traditional chateaus are to be expected, while visitor numbers surge when music festivals take place every year.

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Haute-Normandie, or Upper Normandy, is a popular place for tourists and real estate investors. Home to the famous towns of Rouen and La Havre, visitors go for the Notre Dame cathedral and stay for the beach, the proximity to England and the buy-to-let investment potential.

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Taking its name from the river that used to run past it, the department of Var is famous as the home of Toulon and other coastal towns. The beach resort of Saint-Tropez is a prime location for luxury real estate investors as well as holidaymakers, with the stunning coasts and Mediterranean climate making it an ideal location for expats and second home owners.

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